Rays 5, Orioles 1: Alex Cobb threw 8 1/3 stellar innings while Desmond Jennings homered and drove in four runs as host Tampa Bay bolstered its playoff hopes with a second straight win over Baltimore.
Cobb (10-3) gave the Rays exactly what they needed after the teams endured an 18-inning marathon in Friday's series opener, yielding just a ninth-inning run and five hits while striking out 12. Tampa Bay remained one-half game ahead of Cleveland for the first wild-card spot in the American League, while Baltimore - which has eight contests left - fell 3 1/2 behind the Indians for the second berth.
Miguel Gonzalez (10-8) matched Cobb until the fifth, when he issued a pair of walks before Jennings hammered a full-count offering over the wall in left field to make it 3-0. Gonzalez lasted six innings, yielding only two hits but walking five in losing for the first time in four career starts at Tropicana Field.
The Rays picked up some insurance in the eighth, when Yunel Escobar tripled with one out and scored on Jennings' three-base hit two batters later to make it 4-0. Ben Zobrist followed with an RBI single as Tampa Bay won for the ninth time in its last 11 meetings with Baltimore.
Cobb did not allow a hit until Steve Clevenger's two-out single in the fifth but struck out sluggers Chris Davis and Adam Jones to strand a runner in the sixth. Davis got a triple on a ball lost in the roof with one out in the ninth and scored on Jones' single to right to account for the Orioles' lone run.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Jennings doubled and scored the game-winning run in the 18th inning of Friday's series opener, which ended early Saturday morning. His four RBIs in this contest tied a career high. ... The Orioles had played 13 straight games decided by two runs or fewer. ... The Rays recalled LHP Enny Romero to start Sunday's matinee. The 22-year-old Dominican will make his major-league debut in place of RHP Jeremy Hellickson, who originally was slated to start before throwing 41 pitches in 2 1/3 innings and notching the win in Friday's marathon.